The Lowdown

Chile is over twelve times longer (4,300 km/2670 mi) than it is wide (350 km/217 mi), making it the narrowest country in the world. It spans the west coast of South America,through an array of climate zones and gorgeous geography. The population is primarily white and non-white Amerindian (95%), with 89% of citizens Roman Catholic.

Population: 17.5 million
Language: Spanish
Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP)
Time Zone: UTC-03:00, Santiago
Electricity: C and L. Visit for more info.

The LGBT Factor

Queer rights are progressing in this once socially conservative but still Catholic country. Same-sex couples have had legal protection since 2015, but still cannot marry. They can also apply to adopt, but only one partner becomes a legal parent. There are no service bans for the military, and transgender people can change their sex and name.

Community and nightlife thrive in the capital of Santiago, especially in Barrio Bellavista. To make the most of it, bear in mind things don't get rolling until late in the night (the Latin way).

The Best Time to Visit

November through February is summer in South America - that makes it the ideal time to visit Chile's Patagonia region. There's great skiing to be had from June through August on local mountains. And like all great cities, Santiago is alive all year round.

The Shock Factor

Chile is one of South America’s most highly developed nations, but despite newfound prosperity, you will see poverty. The country is generally safe, but petty theft is on the rise – primarily in Santiago – so avoid displays of wealth and keep valuables in a safe place. Also beware of distractions by pickpockets in public areas, who may work in pairs. On a practical note, few Chileans speak English. Prepare your translating apps, practice rolling your Rs, and the friendly locals will quickly warm up to you.


Canadians, Americans, and most Europeans don't need a visa. Australians must pay a reciprocity fee, and South Americans need only an ID card. For all visitors, a 90-day Tourist Card will be issued. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the traveller's responsibility. For more info, click here


Based on the entry requirements, there are no immunizations needed for entry, except to Easter Island (a yellow fever vaccine is required when arriving from certain tropical countries). To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic. OUT Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.